Australia's total of five for 245 exceeds the previous record chase of 244 scored by India against the West Indies in 2016. The unlucky Guptill also become international T20's highest run scorer after making 105 off 54 balls. It took his international T20 career total to 2,188 runs, surpassing compatriot Brendon McCullum's 2,140, with India's Virat Kohli the next highest on the all-time list with 1,956. Guptill's 49-ball century was New Zealand's fastest T20 ton and the team total of 243 equalled the highest posted by the Black Caps.
What a game we've had at Eden Park! Australia pull off the biggest successful run chase in T20I history to beat New Zealand by 5 wickets in a classic! #NZvAUS scorecard ➡️ https://t.co/Cidk6uRryy pic.twitter.com/RQm52tEXev— ICC (@ICC) February 16, 2018
New Zealand's hopes of reaching the decider now rest on their meeting with England in Hamilton on Sunday. Guptill plundered nine sixes and six fours after New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat, supported by fellow opener Colin Munro, who made 76 off 33 balls. Australia made a flying start in reply, with openers David Warner and D'arcy Short racing to 51 without loss after four overs.
AUSTRALIA WIN! Aaron Finch seals a record-breaking victory for Australia as they chase down 244 to beat New Zealand by five wickets. It means England could still make the Tri-Series final with a win on Sunday. Scorecard: https://t.co/USHSlFmWqc #NZvAus pic.twitter.com/IZZRNFXMpH— Sky Sports Cricket (@SkyCricket) February 16, 2018
Warner's half century came off just 20 balls and the partnership reached 121 before spinner Ish Sodhi bowled the Australian captain on 59. His departure did not slow down Short, who anchored the innings with 76 from 44 to earn the man-of-the match award. He said the Australians were not overawed chasing such a large total. "We have the firepower to do it, we knew that," he said. "We knew we had to go out hard and get ourselves a start and everyone had to get going when they came in."
New Zealand are on for a massive total at Eden Park, Guptill and Munro half-centuries firing them to 114/0 off 10 overs - can Australia stop this dynamic duo?#NZvAUS LIVE ➡️ https://t.co/Cidk6uRryy pic.twitter.com/yvsa9kUwZi— ICC (@ICC) February 16, 2018
RESULT: Australia won by 5 wickets (with 7 balls remaining)— ESPNcricinfo scores (@ESPNscorecard) February 16, 2018
Australia 245/5 (18.5/20 ov, target: 244) v New Zealandhttps://t.co/lAZjpv1nAE